A loan of $3,475 helped a member to purchase sacks of grain and cans of oil to sell in her shop.

Maty's Group's story

This group has been together since their first loan cycle as a Banc Villageois. It is made up of five women who live in the same village and who are united by good social relations. The leader of the group and is Élisabeth. She is 45 years old, married, and the mother of eight children, with five attending school.

Élisabeth has been a merchant for quite some time, and has a good experience in her field. She is shown standing on the far left in the photo, with her hand raised and dressed in burgundy. With her new loan of 245,000 XOF, Élisabeth plans to buy bags of rice and millet, cartons of sugar and candy, and cans of oil, which she will retail at her shop situated at the entrance of her village. The income she earns will allow Élisabeth to support her children and pay for their food, education, and health needs. She will also be able to increase her savings at the Banc Villageois.

In this group: Maty, Nathalie, Elisabeth Roger, Ken, Marianne

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe

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